Preserve It!

We can already hear you!  You’re saying, “Yah, yah…I’ll get to that someday.”  But really, there’s no need to wait for someday because it is SO EASY!  Here’s the 411:

  • Maybe your daughter will wear it, maybe she won’t, but all the same you want your gown to be clean, preserved and packed away for storage.  You spent good money on your dream gown, so make sure it’s kept in the best condition possible.
  • The longer stains remain on fabric, the more difficult it becomes to remove them.  Most likely, any stain on your dress can be completely removed if taken care of within a reasonable amount of time.
  • The only extra trip you need to take is the one that brings your gown to us!  You leave us your shipping address and we take care of the packaging and shipping to Memories Gown Preservation (http://www.gownspreservations.com) for you.  That’s it!  They clean, preserve and mail your gown back to you inside a viewing box within 2-4 weeks, and the cost is only $185.

And there you have it…told you it was easy!  Don’t let your precious wedding dress remain in a state of dishevel…bring her in!

Your New Beginnings Bridal Studio Team

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The Color Pink

It would be difficult to come across someone who didn’t appreciate at least one shade of pink or another.  Weddings are notoriously famous for featuring this re/white mixture in the color scheme, and in every imaginable tone from vibrant hot pink to a pastel shade of blush.  This gorgeous color originated in the 17th century when red Dianthus flowers took on a lighter hue.  Surprisingly to most, it debuted as a “male” color because of the red and white base until sometime in the 1940’s when it was then designated as being feminine.Because pink is associated with love and romance, it’s obviously a popular Valentine’s Day color.  It also represents compassion, tenderness, caring and acceptance.  Pink is considered a calming hue, which, believe it or not, is the reason why many prisons issue pink jumpsuits and paint the cell walls in this color.

The color pink goes well with so many colors, so don’t be afraid to use it just because a few people you know included it in their décor.  Color combinations to use for your wedding are almost limitless…especially when you consider originality in the mix!  Here are a few ideas to get you thinking: 

  • Reds, pinks and oranges are incredibly warm and festive
  • Pinks with greens and browns are oh so earthy
  • Vivid pastel pinks, corals and purples are calming like sunsets
  • Light pastel blues, pinks, yellows and lavenders are fresh with spring
  • Shades of pink and black or grey are very sophisticated and elegant

Your turn…isn’t this so much fun!!  

Your New Beginnings Bridal Studio Team

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Fun Facts – The Garter

Out of curiosity, we did a bit of research on the bridal garter, the accessory and reception ritual we all know and love.  We found about as many stories of its origination as there are styles of garters these days, but here’s the gist of how this long lasting wedding tradition began.

Sometime in the early 14th century England…the Dark Ages…it was considered to be lucky if one was able to obtain a piece of the bride’s attire.  Well, as imagined, this quickly turned into a frightening scenario for the couple.  The sweet little bride would be mobbed by their wedding guests, very possibly ending up scantily clothed if her groom and attendants could not fend off the excited guests.  Thank goodness someone sensible cleverly thought that if the groom removed a piece of his bride’s attire and tossed it out to a random individual after the ceremony, it would save the wedding couple much stress, embarrassment and possible injury.  The lucky guest (male) would then wear it on his hat for the duration of the celebration, and later give it to a woman for luck.

There’s also rumored that in France (of course), a “garter game” took place between the groom and groomsmen.  After the groom removed his bride’s garter (which was used to hold up her stockings), he would emerge from the bridal suite and give it to his attendants to see who could toss and land it on his nose.  The man who succeeded in the task would be the next to marry.  Only one word could describe this one…whatever.

Thankfully, these days it stands strictly as a fun custom.  There are no longer “strict” rules for what a garter should look like or be made of, so have fun and be creative!  Here’s something that could be worth a bit of pre-thought.  Your fiancé has most likely not considered the process he will go through during his collection of the garter.  Some brides have been, although unintended, publicly exposed during the “garter gathering”, so you may want to give some direction on how far the dress gets lifted in his pursuit!  Just a suggestion!

Your New Beginnings Bridal Studio Team

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5 Things Your Guests Won’t Tell You

By Alan Berg

I remember hearing Colin Cowie speak to a group of Wedding Planners in NYC. He said that he tells his couples (who are spending millions on their weddings) that it’s not really their wedding. It’s their first chance, as a married couple, to host a party for their friends and family. That surprised me as we always think of weddings as being for and about the couple. The ceremony is definitely for and about the couple. The party that follows is a celebration of that marriage, with your closest family and friends.

If you accept that perspective, what would you do differently? If you’ve been a guest at one, or more weddings, what would you have liked to have told the newly married couple, but you couldn’t (or you and other guests just told each other, quietly at the table or afterwards)? Here are 5 things that your guests won’t tell you (unless they’re brutally honest or blunt).

1)      Your guests won’t thank you for making your Mom, sister, best friend or maid of honor work on your wedding day. They’re not wedding planners, they’re your closest family and friends. Let them mingle, dance and enjoy the day.

2)     Your guests won’t thank you for making them wait while you take pictures. Sure, they’ll eat, they’ll drink, but if it takes too long they’ll start wondering where you are. They were invited to celebrate with you.

3)     Your guests won’t tell you that you put way too many things on your wedding registry. Make it easy for them to buy you the things that you really want. It’s hard for guests to know which things you really want (like a beautiful honeymoon, fire pit or down payment on a house), when there are 250 items on there. Give them the option to contribute dollars towards your registry so you can choose how to use it. Also, understand that a gift should not be required. You invited them to share your wedding day, not to necessarily have to pay for the privilege. If they want to give a gift, make it easy.

4)     Your guests want to see, and hear your ceremony. Ask them to stay in their seats so everyone else can see. If you’ve hired professional photographer and videographer (real, experienced pros), and you share the photos with them (easy enough to do with online proofing these days), they’ll all be able to see and hear you taking your vows. Have someone ask everyone to turn off their ringers as well. You don’t want to hear a phone ringing on your wedding video. Everyone has a camera phone, but that doesn’t make them professionals. Don’t let them get in the way of the pros You’re investing good money in professional photos, let them do their job and they share it with your guests.

5)     Your guests won’t thank you for hiring the cheapest wedding vendors. They don’t care how much you paid, they only care about the end result that they see. An iPod is not a DJ. Your uncle is not a professional videographer and won’t know where to stand to not be in everyone’s way. That Craig’s List vendor you hired is cheap for a reason. Don’t hire cheap. Hire the best value, and that often means spending more. Just follow your priorities and invest in them. You won’t be happy when the photos aren’t what you wanted or the dance floor is empty.

What I’m trying to say here is that you know what it’s like to be a guest at a wedding, just try to remember that when making your choices. If it’s summer time, make sure there’s shade for your outdoor ceremony. Make sure there’s air conditioning. Don’t just pray that it won’t rain, or won’t be 110 degrees… have a real plan for it. Put yourself in the shoes of your 100, 200 or more guests and have them raving to you about how great everything was. You don’t always get kudos for doing it right, but you almost always lose points for doing it wrong. I wish you, and your guests, a very happy wedding.

Alan Berg has over 20 years of experience in the wedding industry and has au­thored three books, “If your website was an employee, would you fire it?,” “Don’t Paint The House” and “Your Attitude for Success.” Learn more at www.alanberg.com

This copyrighted article was written by Alan Berg, professional speaker, author and business consultant – North America’s Leading Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events, and published in Beautiful Bride Magazine. To find out more about Alan Berg visit www.AlanBerg.com © 2013 Alan Berg

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Quality Time

Let’s be honest…it’s hard to keep your spouse in their proper spot on the priority list, but the effort couldn’t be more important.  The following ideas are taken  from one of our favorite relationship websites, FierceMarriage.com . 

Quality Time: 3 Habits for Unplugged Dating

Ryan Frederick